Before and After: Five Steps to a Charming Outdoor Sitting Area

on June 21, 2016
Spring Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers
Hello, and welcome to the Garden and Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop! I’m excited to share my driveway sitting area with you and hope you agree that space is much improved. A big thank you to the always sweet Tara at Lehman Lane for hosting this fun hop and be sure to check out Emily at Two Purple Couches for a peek at her Garden and Outdoor Space! 

I don’t know about you, but my kid LOVES to play in the driveway. We have oodles of kid-centric outdoor space for him, but he prefers the blacktop every time. This causes a bit of a predicament – it’s the one part of the house that we can not see him from any other part of the house unless we are right with him. As a result, we spend a lot of time in the driveway, just outside of our garage. 

The garage is also our most used entrance into our home, only not through this door! As you can see, the entrance is blocked, and the door is falling apart. With my recent efforts toward curb appeal – what? You’ve not seen the Front Porch Reveal?! –  this seems like an obvious place to make some real change. Given that we’ve recently painted the shutters and the front door a deep black, this one, still green, sticks out like a sore thumb. Literally. 

We plan to replace the door and the clutter inside isn’t going anywhere anytime fast, but that doesn’t this area where we spend so much time and pass by so often couldn’t be a little more pleasing to the eye – for not one dollar even! Just by moving some things around and borrowing from the inside – a Charming Driveway Seating Area in just five steps!  

Spring Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers

Step 1: Add Seating. These chairs have been hanging around the house and are mainly used as extra seating. Although I likely wouldn’t leave them out in the elements permanently, they can safely stay in the garage until we’re ready to use them. I love the new seating area so much that I plan to add some more permanent outdoor chairs shortly!  

Step 2: Add a table. A table is a great place to show off accessories and to put a cold drink when I’m watching my child run circles in the driveway. 

Step 3: Add life. I added multiple plants in various shapes and sizes. We have great morning light in this spot and shade in the afternoon – perfect for plants and also for sitting! All of these plants are perennials as well, and little maintenance. I love how they soften the look of the blacktop. 

Step 4:  Accessorize. Just like inside your home, the right accessories can make a huge difference outside your home. The wreath on the door hides the worn areas of the door and draws your eye away from the clutter inside. Look around your home for items that can work both inside and out! 

Spring Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers
Step 5: Enjoy it! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you found some fun ideas for your Outdoor Space! Make sure you head on over to Two Purple Couches and tell Emily I said “hi”! For even more fun, visit our participants from this week! 
Summer Garden Tour & Ourdoor Spaces Blog Hop

Summer Garden Tour & Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop

Summer Garden tour and outdoor Spaces Hop


Lehman Lane

Our House Now a Home

The Dean’s List

Green with Décor

2 Bees in a Pod – Vicki’s House

Summer Garden Tour / Outdoor Spaces Hop


Two Purples Couches

Knock it Off Kim

Summer Garden tour and blog hop


2 Bees in a Pod – Jennifer’s house

My Life from Home

Average but Inspired

Refresh Living

Summer Garden tour and blog hop

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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  • Jennfer Fenton

    Charming indeed! Kim, your outdoor space is adorable. It's perfect for when you and your family are outside enjoying Summer. So fun touring with you this week.
    Vicki and Jenn
    2 Bees in a Pod

    June 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm Reply
  • Kim Jones

    I love having a good area to hang outside. This looks perfectly cozy!

    June 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm Reply
  • Tara Lehman

    My kids spend a lot of time in our driveway too. What a great idea to make a nice sitting area for the adults. 🙂 Your wreath and the pink perennials are so pretty.

    June 22, 2016 at 12:35 am Reply
  • Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    You've created such a wonderful space for relaxing outside with your family! I love the addition of the wreath and the flowers and accents on the table!

    June 22, 2016 at 3:29 am Reply
  • Lindsay Eidahl from My Creative Days

    SUch a charming and cozy spot to read while the kids play! Love it!

    June 22, 2016 at 11:53 am Reply
  • The Honeycomb Home

    That little seating area is beyond adorable!

    June 23, 2016 at 12:41 am Reply
  • The Honeycomb Home

    That little seating area is beyond adorable!

    June 23, 2016 at 12:41 am Reply
  • Bre Eggert

    My kids are always playing in the driveway, too! Love how you made the most of it with your adorable seating area! 🙂

    June 23, 2016 at 1:16 am Reply
  • Samantha

    Love this! We are driveway players, too! Makes me want to move our deck chairs down to the driveway and get a little table for drinks!

    June 23, 2016 at 2:11 pm Reply
  • Agy Lee

    I love how people have driveways. We live in an appartment and it's always difficult to grow your own lovely green garden 🙂

    June 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm Reply
  • Jenny Leads - Refresh Living

    What a great idea to add that adorable seating area in your driveway! I'm sure it's much more comfy for you – it's like it was made to be there!

    June 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm Reply
  • Meg - Green With Decor

    Such a good idea to use this spot to sit down while you watch your kids play! And love that little green bucket on the table!

    June 24, 2016 at 3:17 am Reply
  • Iris Watts

    I just love your ideas to spruce up this space! It turned out to be so pretty! Oh, and I'm so very jealous of your driveway!! I wish it was a place in my home that my son could play, but our's slopes making it too dangerous for him to. It's one of those things I plan to make sure doesn't happen in our next home.

    June 25, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply

    That was really smart of you to create a driveway seating area, so you have a place to sit while your youngster plays! It looks very sweet and cute!

    June 26, 2016 at 5:44 pm Reply
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